When the Halloween season is over, it’s time to welcome November to Disney World!
This month brings many exciting changes to parks and resorts for Christmas and holidays, as well as returning popular events and deals. There are so many things you need to know if you’re coming to Disney World this month, so let’s break it down!
Holidays are here!
It’s November, and at Disney World, that means the start of the holiday season! The celebrations officially begins on November 12th, although some snacks will arrive sooner and the Very Merriest After Hours starts on the 8th (more on that in a minute). There will be a lot of excitement to check it out, and we can’t wait to share it all!
The resorts will be fully equipped again this year, and the Life-size gingerbread displays are back. The decorations will adorn the four theme parks and The greetings of the sunset and the awakening of the tree of life will illuminate the night sky. We will even be able to see some festive flotillas and caravans!
Very cheerful after the schedule starts
While Mickey’s very merry Christmas party won’t be back this year, we will be able to experience the Instead, very cheerful after hours. This new festive event takes place on selected nights from November 8th to December 21st after Magic Kingdom closes the day. You will need a separate ticket to attend, but good news: so far only a few nights have been sold out!
The event will feature special entertainment, including the return of Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and a brand new stage show! You will also be able to see special delicacies during your visit and enjoy low influx and shorter waiting times for many attractions. We will be there on opening night to share all the fun!
Everything you need to know about the happiest after hours!
They return to meet and greet modified characters
Although we’ve seen some come back, November marks the return of the meeting and the greeting of characters in a modified way! These new “character sightings” are available at many park locations (such as Town Square Theater and Princess Fairytale Hall) with fan-favorite friends like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Elena, and of course Mickey Mouse.
joIn November, we look forward to seeing Minnie Mouse return to Red Carpet Dreams and Disney Junior characters at Animation Courtyard. With character sightings, guests can spend individual time with their Disney friends, taking selfies with social distance. Hugs and autographs have not yet returned, but it is certainly exciting to see these characters in their old meeting places and greetings!
The Enogastronomy Festival ends
If you have not yet had the opportunity to complete yours 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival to-do list, then you’ll want to hurry … the festival ends on November 20th!
You still have time to see the festival’s exclusive entertainment, enjoy the more than 30 food stalls and try your hand at Remy’s Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt. Festival merchandise is still available at many of the park’s gift shops, so make sure you get as many visits as possible over the next few weeks!
Click here to see our list of the “best festival options”!
The Festa Major de les Festes begins
But don’t worry, another festival arrives shortly after Food & Wine ends! The EPCOT International Festival Festival begins on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving. This festival (much shorter) runs until December 30 and begins the holiday season at EPCOT.
Throughout the festival, Here you will find food stands with festive meals from around the world, special decorations for the season and fan favorite entertainment such as the popular candlelight procession. You already know that we will be there on the opening day to try EVERYTHING and offer you our reviews of all the food places, so make sure you stay tuned for this coverage!
to runDisney is back!
Since the parks closed in March, to runThe Disney races have been held virtually, with participants running home. But from November 4-7, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend returns to Walt Disney World!
Registrations for these races were filled months ago when it opened in July, so expect people to be there during the race weekend in the parks. And on November 7, the post-Wine & Dine race party will take place at the EPCOT in the evening, so keep that in mind when formulating your park plans. For those who have been waiting to run back to Disney World, this is a very exciting event!
Click here to see the Wine & Dine merchandise!
Some things are in the process of reform
If you go to the parks this month, there are a couple of reforms you should be aware of. The Walt Disney World Railroad has been closed since 2018 for the construction of the roller coaster Tron in Magic Kingdom, and this closure will continue throughout the month of November.
Too, Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom will be temporarily unavailable for its annual renewal from November 1 to mid-December. No specific end date has yet been given for this closure.
Crowd levels will fluctuate
And finally, let’s talk about people levels! November usually brings lower audience levels earlier in the month, however those traveling during Thanksgiving week should be prepared for some busy parks.
You’re likely to expect higher-than-usual waiting times and crowded catwalks throughout the week of Nov. 20-28. Some park passes for certain days are already full, so you’ll want to go ahead and make these park reservations if you haven’t already. And if you’re worried about making long queues, you might want to consider investing in the new Genie + system!
Click here to see the top 5 things to do during November!
Are you going to Disney World in November? Let us know in the comments!